ARTISTS

A little bit about each of the artists involved. Click on a name to go directly to the artist’s website.

WAKE

Concept by Anne Bean

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Anne Bean has undertaken numerous solo and collaborative projects worldwide, in diverse media including performance, installation, drawing, photography, video and sound, using materials that range from fire, wind, steam and honey to laughter and breath. She recently was awarded a Franklin Furnace International Fellowship in New York where she worked with several artists to produce Drawn Conversations exhibited in Space Gallery. In 2009 she received a British Council Creative Collaborations and Visiting Arts award to bring together women from Iraq, Croatia, Israel and N. Ireland to make work in each other’s countries. The Tate Gallery Research department with Live Art Development Agency awarded her a Legacy: Thinker in Residence Award which culminated in a major collaborative work at Matts Gallery, London in 2010.

William Cobbing is an artist living and working in London.  Starting from a sculptural sensibility his artwork encompasses a diverse range of media, including video, installation and performance. In the artworks, people are often depicted as being fused with the surrounding architecture, as extensions of the plumbing, or buried under layers of clay or concrete, from which they absurdly struggle to extricate themselves.  The space in which he installs the artwork is where it takes shape, often responding to the layout of a gallery or an external context such as the façade of a building, or through replacing manhole covers in the street.  The artworks have a surreal, uncanny sensibility, creating an incongruent sensation in otherwise mundane situations.

David Cotterrell is an installation artist working across varied media including video, audio, interactive media, artificial intelligence, device control and hybrid technology. His work exhibits political, social and behavioural analyses of the environments and contexts that he and his work inhabit.

Carl von Weiler has been exploring an area between video image, sound and sculptural object for several years. Performative in nature, his work has often focussed on the phenomenon of gravity, particularly in relation to the de-materialised nature of both sound and the video image. Often using techniques of inversion – both literally and in terms of our expectations – von Weiler variously attributes sound with a visual and physical weight or promotes the passive TV monitor to a status of structural importance. The work covers a broad spectrum, from the sculptural object, sound and video works, to large-scale installations and small drawings made for galleries/museums and off-site locations both inside and outdoors.

Rachel Lowe is an artist whose work combines more traditional media such as drawing and painting, with video, super 8 film, photography and slide projections. She studied at Newcastle College of Arts and Technologies (1985-6) and Camberwell and Chelsea Colleges of Art (1987-90, and 1992-3). In 1997-8 she was the Wingate Artist in Residence at Southampton City Art Gallery and in 1999 she was joint winner of the Olay Vision Award for Women Artists. She exhibited in Becks Future 2002 and was the recipient of a Delfina Studio Award 2002-2004.

Bronwen Buckeridge completed her MA at Chelsea College of Art in 2007. Her practice is informed by her original training in Modern Languages and a number of years spent working as a producer in digital media. In 2008 she won the Red Mansion Art Prize and a residency in China, and was also awarded a residency with Mark Dion at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. She has exhibited at a number of venues across the UK including Studio Voltaire, FACT, Project Space Leeds, the John Jones Project Space and the Oriel Davies Gallery. She is based in London at Studio Voltaire.

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ARCHIPELAGO

Curated by Gary Stevens

Gary Stevens is a visual artist whose work is presented in art, theatre and dance contexts. Recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Award, he has created solo and group performances and installations for galleries, theatres and public spaces since 1984. His most recent live performance works Ape and Island have been presented in theatres, galleries and festivals worldwide. Previous to this, Gary’s acclaimed multi-screened video installations Slow Life & Wake Up and Hide, were both commissioned and presented by Matt’s Gallery,London and also toured to galleries nationally and internationally. He will be creating new video works for a major solo show at Southampton City Art Gallery in 2012.

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Emma Benson is an artist, theatre-maker and television drama producer. Solo work includes Me You Now at BAC’s ONE-ON-ONE Festival 2010, Forest Fringe’s Microfestival at the Bristol Old Vic for ‘Mayfest’ and STK International’s ‘Live Art Speed Date’ at The Arcola. As co-founder of Patter Theatre Company and a former BAC Supported Artist, Emma directed and co-devised A Playful Meditation on Magic and The Experts, commissioned by BAC, presented nationally and internationally and supported by the Arts Council, the British Council & Fuel Theatre. Other directing includes Brand at The Young Vic as part of The British Festival of Visual Theatre and as co-director Emma collaborated with Melanie Wilson on her one woman show Simple Girl which has toured extensively, most recently to Brighton and Tokyo. As a performer Emma has worked with Station House Opera, Alice’s Diner and Gary Stevens. TV producing includes Cold Feet, Life Begins and Gunrush. Emma has recently joined Shed Productions as Head of Development.

Claire Blundell Jones is a multi-disciplinary Artist who develops work directly out of the relationships built between the audience and herself. She often explores physical and metaphorical boundaries and the themes of uncertainty, intimacy and alienation. Claire often makes work around nonverbal encounters with strangers and is fascinated in the first few seconds of meetings; the looks that take place before anything is spoken. She is also interested in how public spaces operate and how human behaviour upholds the construction of spaces. Examples of works include using a leaf-blower to escort American tumbleweeds through city streets; directing ten kissing couples to appear collectively and building miniature fences to replicate the boundaries of an area.

Ian Bourn – Recognised as one of the pioneers of early British video art, Ian Bourn’s distinctive experimental narratives have been shown in major international film/video festivals, art shows and on TV.  His video pieces range from the stark direct-to-camera monologues of Lenny’s Documentary (1978) and Monolog (1999) to Black White & Green (2003), a computer-generated meditation on the ‘art of eating pie and mash’ commissioned for Channel 4’s Animate Series. In 1985 Bourn founded the HOUSEWATCH artists collective, who created numerous film/video installation events shown in Britain and Japan between 1985 and 1997. HOUSEWATCH designed site-specific works for architecture and urban environments like the purpose-built teahouse of Paperhouse (1992) for cities in Japan or Imaginary Opera (1994) an event that used the exterior of the Royal Festival Hall, forty film projectors and a live orchestra. The Kiss, a collaborative work made with filmmaker John Smith, was Bourn’s first installation specifically designed for a gallery space, has been shown in Tokyo 1999, Turin 2003 and London 2004. Recently Ian Bourn’s work featured on the Lux DVD anthology Rewind + Play (2009) and exhibitions have included Polytechnic at London’s Raven Row gallery (2010) and Shadowboxing at the Royal College of Art (2011).

Helena Bryant, performance artist, mysteriously disappeared in the autumn of 2008. Not much has been known of her whereabouts in the mean time. It is thought that she embarked on a sailing voyage, but doubts were cast as to the seaworthiness of her vessel and abilities to sail. There have been unconfirmed sightings of her, but it is thought most likely that she is either lost to the sea or shipwrecked.  

Helena Goldwater has been making performance art since graduating from Goldsmith’s Fine Art in 1989, and paintings since 2003. In both practices she is interested in a devotion to craft. She often makes performances that last many hours and her paintings can take months to make – this dedication to process is a way of exploring how concepts can be developed over time to inhabit something ‘other’ than the human or organic realm. Goldwater has been nominated twice for the Paul Hamlyn Awards for Visual Artists. Her work has been shown extensively including at Tate Liverpool, Newlyn Art Gallery, Spacex, the Western Front, Vancouver, and she has just shown her paintings at Art First, London. She also teaches at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Michelle Griffiths‘ performances over the last 15 years have been spectacles and re-enactments of spectacles. In these she has created tableaux and events that recall dreams and forgotten images in the viewer; of martyrs, legends and folk traditions, and spectacles that have not yet happened. More recently her research has focused on British Folk performance. She aims to map the common ground between traditional/folk practices and events and performance art, as well as to research, assess and analyse their respective performer-audience dispositions, relationships and interactions, and modes of documentation. 

Zoë Mendelson b. 1976, London. Lives and works in London. Studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, 1995-98 and Royal College of Art, 1998-2000. Mendelson is currently working on her AHRC funded PhD at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Recent solo exhibitions include: 2009: Galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers; 2009Galerie Schleicher + Lange, Paris. Selected group exhibitions include: 2011: Pile, Chapter, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cardiff, Wales; 2010: Diepsel, Haarlem, The Netherlands, 3rd International Madness and Arts Festival; 2008:Waaoohh!, CRAC, Alsace. Mendelson is currently a lecturer at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and Wimbledon College of Art and Design.

Graeme Miller is an artist, theatre maker and composer. Emerging from the bold and influential stage work of Impact Theatre Co-operative in the 1980s, a group he co-founded, his own work now embraces a wide range of media. With the idea of being ‘a composer of many things that may include music’, he has made theatre, dance, installations and interventions. Always reflecting a sense of landscape and place, he regularly makes site-specific works to commission.

Frog Morris and Lee Campbell met in 2007 whilst Frog was studying at Goldsmiths College and Lee was at Slade. They discovered a common interest in performance art, curation and the idiosyncrasies of British culture. Campbell and Morris began collaborating and have worked together on a series of exhibitions, including ‘Scene in The Making’ for Concrete and Glass, ‘Human Resources’ for V22 and a program of live events for the Free Art Fair. Lee Campbell is currently writing a PhD in documenting live art at Loughborough University as well as lecturing at Wimbledon School of Art and Central St Martins. Frog Morris runs a regular night of performance art at the Montague Arms in South London and has also created live art events for Whitstable Biennale, Limbo Arts, Shunt, South London Gallery, Bermondsey Market and Edinburgh Fringe.

Steve Ounanian explores contracts between peoples, and enjoys collaborating, especially with unwitting participants. Through such collaborative experiments, he generates videos, performances, objects, and situations that try to unravel what it means for people to be human, together. Technology (from crude phones to synthetic biology) has challenged what it means to be human on a fundamental level. Somehow there is an element of ventriloquism or puppetry that occurs as we associate with this technology. He enjoys exaggerating this phenomenon, giving our external techno-social identities agency and voice, watching what happens when they get out of control.

Florence Peake is a London based Performance Artist, she has been creating her own work independently and in collaboration with other artists since 1997, which have been performed nationally and internationally. Recent work includes STUPID, South Hill Park, Paper Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Secrets and Other Pass Times ,Toynbee Studios, Valediction, National Review of Live Art 2009, The Bird Trilogy, Prague Fringe Festival, the solo Eight Moments Wake Me , Laban/ Hackney Empire/San Francisco fringe festival, Duets for Objects, The Place, Elsewhere North Carolina and Christchurch Spitalfields. Florence is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique, and teaches choreography, improvisation and inter-disciplinary performance practice extensively. She currently lectures at Surrey University and Coventry University.

Tim Spooner seeks to illuminate, from behind, the “Phenomenon of Meaning” – the outward appearance of meaningfulness. The functions of symbolism, picturesque, cartoons, metaphors and other sublimations in language are considered. These concerns manifest themselves as paintings, writing and live shows. A current postulation is the idea that language was our Original Error – a baffle separating mind and body which caused life to become a hyper-extended and over-mixed metaphor.

Fiona Templeton‘s work ranges across various disciplines.  Her performance work is born of a conceptual investigation of theatre as a total medium – language, space, and time, and as an “art of relation”, in particular in its thinking of the audience.  It ranges in scale from solo to citywide works, and uses densely poetic innovative language. Her award-winning and influential YOU–The City“an intimate citywide play for an audience of one”, has since been recreated in six countries and languages.

Caroline Wilkinson is a visual artist who has worked in a range of media including slide-tape (British Art Show) and site-specific installation (Museum of Installation, Whitechapel Open), and also in performance with Gary Stevens in ‘If the Cap Fits’ ( Britain, Australia, Denmark, Amsterdam ) and ‘Name’ (Britain).  In a previous life she taught both studio practice and cultural studies/theory at Central St Martins (FACS), Goldsmiths ( Textiles MA ), and also Wolverhampton (Sculpture School). Her current work is concerned with the qualities of photographic imagery found on jigsaws. The piece for  ARCHIPELAGO can be  considered as an unreliable  ‘map ‘ of certain limited aspects of human life, full of repetitions, inconsistencies, omissions and obsessive awareness of detail, forming a very fragmented and partial pictured world.

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